* Posts by Simon Pilling

7 posts • joined 12 Sep 2007

Vodafone drops 178k customers in 6 months

Simon Pilling
FAIL

Not Surprised

Not Surprised

This made me laugh when I read it; we are fairly new reseller to mobile phones; Mainstream is IT and Services but the crossover to mobiles now we thought we’d sell the mobiles as well.

Every other major supplier will quote any contract at any time for any number of phones; A current Vodafone client with 20 handsets is due for renewal next month and in preparation the client is shopping around to ensure they get good value. Long story short Vodafone will not talk about the clients current account or about what offers they can offer them until the contract has finished. Client is gob smacked that Vodafone simply do not want his business and the lack of support from them is outstandingly low. Client was giving Vodafone preference to stay with them for less hassle. Now he seems more determined to move away like the other 180K users have done. Maybe Vodafone will start to give a t0ss if clients show with their feet.

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Ten of the best... Core i7 CPU coolers

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Xigmatek HDT-S1283

This is without a doubt one of the best coolers on the market fish around for reviews...it costs less than £35 delivered and is in my experience the best you can buy for a air cooled cpu. Water cooling is such a farce...I have had the Zalman 8700 and 9700 models as well as the scythe coolers...min cpu i have had them on is a Q6600 my QX6700 runings @ 40c under load @ 3.2Ghz with the Xigmatek HDT-S1283.... FIVE STARS!

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Sony pitches 'unique' 16in, 16:9 HD Vaio at movie buffs

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Not really the 1st.

I am an Acer Partner and find this interest as Acer have had the Acer Gemstone Blue Edition laptop out for a couple of months true 16:9 1080P screens and blu-ray, best of all they have also teamed up with Dolby and put a "good effort" for laptop speakers and put a 2.1 speaker system in the laptop. Specs and pricing is similar to Sony however Acer has the a larger screen on offer 18.X" as well as the 16.4".

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D-Link to bring DivX onto your HD TV

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Coat

Although - Netgear

Netgear - have been doing this for sometime now.

Offering higher resolutions upscaling as well 1080i with the promise of 1080p on the way...easy firmware upgrade through its internet connection. Even has scart sockets for connection to old style (normal) tv's. EVA-800 is the model for people to google....

Simon

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Suggestions for a home IT strategy, please

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VoIP Solution - Not Cheap but think of what you can do

Netgear Skype WiFi Phone - Retails £80 on amazon.

http://tools.netgear.com/skype/

NO pc required and connects to virtually any Wifi conneciton*

So if you have a wifi at home and work take the phone with you and get skype calls at either location...hotels hot spots?? no more expensive hotel charges....hmmm

Imagine a city with Wifi Hotspot - this phone would work anywhere! This is where the product of VoIP is going but your choice weather to go down it or not...

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Home IT Solution

Keeping this simple and you'll need to know some IT details; I am a Netgear and Acer solution partner...hence their products; Gigabit network with cat5e (for pricing) wired round the house, Netgear 16 Port Gigabit Switch in loft, Netgear DG834PN 108mbps Router for wifi and internet access with child protection (word blocking), Acer EasyStore 2TB with RAID5 (1.45TB) usable, this stores loads - all the photos, divx movies, mp3's and DATA. Netgear EVA-8000 x2 (one in the computer/play room and one in the living room main one), this connects to the EasyStore plays back on HDMI and normal scart to any TV.

Plays all the above media and has USB input as well! In the kids bedroom i have a philips media mp3 player connects wifi to the Easystore and pulls mp3 music down (he has too much choice now!). The EVA has a follow me solution so if your watching a film and want to watch it in another room with another eva you can send it to that and continue to watch it...All Games consoles/laptops and pc's use the wired network or wifi as I see fit. I have a Satalite Triax distribution box in the loft which sends the satalite signal to every room through sockets also installed (ALL very easy to install just time consuming). The Triax has a CCTV camera feed, so i can see who is at the door on the lounge TV. The Triax also sends the signal of DVB-T (freeview TV) DAB Radio signal and FM as well as normal TV signal to the triple face plate in each room.

The Netgear EVA is the fancy bit of kit, my partner did not used to look at the some 18,000 digital photos we have. Now she can listen to ALL her albums and view the photos and have a chuckle looking at them, before they were on the computer collecting dust so to speak. I also use it to watch all my films.

On the Triax; with a Magic Eye and second remote you can watch and change sky channels in another room with no extra cost!....It's great having a house that is wired correct so any new toys simpley just plug and work great...

Total Cost about £1000 fitted for cabling, triax, switch and wall sockets...other costs...Router £100, Media Gateway's £160, Traix, £100, EasyStore £500, Gigabit Switch £89 Baby Patch Cabinet £100 and patching face plate baby comms room in my loft now...;-)

Wish all new houses came pre-wired alerady with the above...the installation guys didnt have a clue about the wiring they were laying, but i helped, and fitted the end to the face plates myself...once finished they were very jealous and said it was a better setup than some mansions they had done installations in.

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update on the request

The router can be setup for VPN Pass-through, although techinical...www.logmein.com it is great, secure and free...

The Acer Easy Store has built in FTP access so you can get to you data from anywhere. Although with BT and most ISP you would be stuck with 256kb/384kb upload....so try www.be-broadband.info a couple of lads at work have it and get 16mb download and the more important 1.3mb upload so FTP and remote desktop is not ever going to be an issue...btw it only costs £24.99 and is unlimited....

Your Apple is my week spot, i know that OS X is fine for connecting to any of the devices i have mentioned... if needed...

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